Archive of films Walden / Walden

Switzerland / Austria
2018, 100 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2018

Gentle birdsong filters through dense forest vegetation only to be drowned out by the sudden roar of chainsaws. Thus begins a documentary comprising a mere thirteen 360° panning shots, whose uncompromising formal concept places great demands on the patient viewer. But as soon as we align our breathing with the slow rhythm of the shots a surprising odyssey opens out before us of the paradoxical migration of wood from Austrian forests to a secret, far-off destination.


Synopsis

Gentle birdsong filters through dense forest vegetation only to be drowned out by the sudden roar of chainsaws. Thus begins a documentary comprising a mere thirteen 360° panning shots that gradually reveal the environments of carefully selected sites. The uncompromising formal concept, reminiscent of the films in Karlovy Vary’s Imagina section that thwart audience expectations, places great demands on the patient viewer. But as soon as we align our breathing with the slow rhythm of the shots and allow the weight of time to do its work, a surprising odyssey opens out before us of the paradoxical migration of wood from Austrian forests to a secret, far-off destination – a gently ironic reference to the renowned work of Henry David Thoreau.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Daniel Zimmermann (b. 1966, Switzerland). Selected filmography: Bobrennen im Sommer (2000, short), Die 10 Schweizer (2002, short), Lauberhornrennen im Sommer (2006, short), Stick Climbing (2010, short)

Contacts

Beauvoir Films
12 Rue des Deux-Ponts, 1205, Geneva
Switzerland
E-mail: info@beauvoirfilms.ch

Press kit



About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Daniel Zimmermann
Screenplay: Daniel Zimmermann
Dir. of Photography: Gerald Kerkletz
Editor: Bernhard Braunstein
Producer: Aline Schmid
Production: Beauvoir Films
Contact: Beauvoir Films
   
www: www.walden-film.com

Guests

Daniel Zimmermann

Film Director

Aline Schmid

Producer


Gerald Kerkletz

Director of Photography

Bernhard Braunstein

Editor


Res Balzli

Tutor / Trainer

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